Manatee United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Sharing God's Abundant Grace

Staff

Pastor: Rev. Jim Martin 
   

     As of July 1, 2019, Rev. Jim Martin is the pastor at Manatee UMC. He was born in Cleveland, OH, but raised in Miami, FL. He's been in the ministry for 51 years serving churches throughout the state and have held leadership responsibilities at the district, conference and jurisdictional levels. His B.A. is from Scarritt College, Nashville, TN and his M.Div. is from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. His wife is Margaret Sever who is a true Floridian. Her family dates from the 1830’s here in Florida. They were married in 1965 at Allapattah Methodist Church, Miami. They have two daughters who live near by (Bradenton and Clearwater) and three grandchildren, who will soon be 11, 9 and 6 this year.

 
Assistant to the Pastor: Kathy Cooke
   

     Kathy Cooke has been in Bradenton since 2005, the same year SHE joined the church and became the assistant to (then) pastor neal. 

Hometown: AIR FORCE brat, but mostly fort worth, texas WHERE SHE RAISED HER 2 SONS.  

went to college in forth worth and perkins school of theology in dallas, texas.                     currently volunteering: school crossing guard (5 years), serve the church in many capacities, active with suncoast walk to Emmaus, fOOD PANTRY OF 1ST UMC IN PALMETTO.

                                                                                              hobbies:  enjoyS gardening and cooking.                                                                                                             married to jim cooke since 2009.  has 2 sons, 4 grandsons, 1 great grandson and 1 great granddaughter.                                                                                 


Admin. Assistant: Adrienne Scott
 

     ADRIENNE SCOTT TOOK OVER AS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT IN AUGUST 2019.  ORIGINALLY FROM NEW YORK, SHE HAS LIVED IN BRADENTON SINCE 2001, ALTHOUGH SHE IS FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA AS HER MOTHER WAS BORN AND RAISED HERE.  SHE ATTENDED ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY IN TULSA, OK AND ULTIMATELY RECEIVED HER ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN COMPUTER OFFICE APPLICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY FROM FLORIDA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY.  SHE IS ALSO A VOLUNTEER AT WJIS (JOYFM 88.1).  she is a proud doggy momma oF pepper and woody.

 
Interim Music Director: Janice Cox
    

     Janice Cox is the Director of Music on a part-time basis. She has been the Director for one year, though she has filled in when needed numerous times before that. She directs the Worship Choir, Praise Team and established our Handchime Choir.      Janice is a graduate of the University of Maine where she studied psychology. She has been directing church choirs and community choral groups since the late 1950s in both Maine and Florida. Janice has participated in various workshops and courses over the years, including several national FUMMWA conferences. She has studied choral conducting during summer sessions at Westminster Choir College. Through the Board of Discipleship of the former Maine Annual Conference, Janice has teamed with others to create an annual workshop for Maine choir directors and choir members. She has twice been the conference director for the Maine Annual Conference choir. Janice is a former member of Veronica's Women's Theater, FUMMWA, ACDA, Chorister's Guild, and the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers.

Interim Pianist: Sam Lane
 
 
 
Vocalist: Stephanie Waters
 
 
 
 
 
Custodian: Tatiana Hanley
 
 
 
 
 
Preschool Director:   Meghan Falcone
 
     I am Megan Falcone the Preschool Director.  I've been in child care for 6 years and have 2 degrees in Early Childhood Education.  I used to volunteer at many different churches for their VBS Programs throughout my high school career.  My goal is to make a difference in the lives of all children and their families here at Manatee United Methodist Church.
 
 
 Preschool Assistant Director: Amanda Arnold
      I am Amanda Arnold and my home town is Bradenton.  I attended college at Manatee Community College.  My hobbies are watching my boys play hockey and we love riding our 4 wheelers.  We have 6 acres in Myakka and have a pet pig ((Bacon), 9 chickens, and a Dachshound (Dixie).